We chose to stay in the junior suite which was very spacious and had of a very good standard overall for a 3* hotel. The location by the canal in the centre of this cute little lagoon village was great and the service was very polite. We did not have the chance to try the restaurant by the facilities looked very welcoming both inside and outside on a boat moored on the canal. When we are back in the area we will definitely stay again.
Coming back from a family reunion in Ferrara, we decided at the last moment to visit Comacchio, and then we enquired about staying the night at La Comacina, which was possible at they had vacancies. At the same time we booked a table to dine outside on their boat which gives the name to the Locanda. The attic bedroom with skylights is very attractive, with lovely decor, solid timber furniture and good quality bed linen. There is also a small sitting area but you need to watch your head as the height of the ceiling is low in that area. The bathroom is spacious and had some toiletries. The small fridge in the bedroom was very handy. The air conditioning was very good as it was not too strong (it can be adjusted in the room), however, we wondered why it stopped working at around midnight, without functioning again. One of us could not sleep so this was noticed, as well as the sound of voices we presume from a nearby room.
The location of the hotel is unique, as is the layout of this charming town. We also loved the approach to the town as we drove from Alfonsine along a road bordering a very large lake with big seagulls flying just above us quite low. It was exhilarating.
Dinner was enjoyable overall, with a special mention for the calamari nostrani (local) and the oysters from Cancale (France). We did find the dinner a little expensive though. Even though the next morning we found some big bites from mosquitoes, the dinner experience on the boat was lovely and the ambience gives a touch of romance. After we left we both commented on the lack of warmth here (apart from the main wait person at dinner), the other staff appeared unhappy and were not particularly interested in exchanging a few words to the guests.
Lovely B&B-style accomodation right in characteristic town centre. The town is a little jewel. We stayed in the family suite, which was elegantly furnished and has a lovely skylight. Our daughters had proper beds. Linens and toiletries are high quality. Staff is friendly. They run a high-quality restaurant in the same building so you get home made buns and seasonal cakes for the buffet breakfast (we stayed right after Christmas so they had freshly made panettone). The location is lovely but due to the canals it is not accessible with your vehicle so we had to park a little ways off and drag our luggage through the cobblestones. It was nice that it was off-season as I imagine the town is crowded in the summer. The price of the rooms was very reasonable.
The room was large and had a sky light. The bath was large and airy with every amenity. The safe was sufficient to hold several electronic devices including a Chrome Book and a camera of large size. WiFi was good at first but turned spotty and then good again.
Breakfast was not served until as late as 8:30 and no coffee was available to stave off the headaches of those of us who are used to a cuppa early in the morning. You only had two hours to eat and those late hours impacted the time in which you might have been touring. However the coffee was alternately bitter and then weak so go next door and have breakfast or bring your own coffee making devices and materials. There were no hot foods for breakfast.
I know that hotel and restaurant reviews can be separated on this site but as this is a small family run place it seems sensible to take both aspects together. Our hotel room was lovely and couldn't be better placed to enjoy the limited but charming attractions of Comacchio. We looked out on one of the many small canals that criss-cross this historic and quaint fishing town that make it feel almost like a miniaturized version of Venice. The one thing that was not miniaturized however was the bill at the restaurant. We asked for the reasonably priced set menu that was advertised on a board only to be told brusquely that it wasn't available for dinner. No alternative was suggested and we were left to choose from the very expensive a la carte menu while the waiter hovered over us. Even choosing sensibly we ended up with a 100 Euro bill for two people which was by far the most expensive dinner of our two week trip in many Italian towns. And this in a place that most tourists would normally pass by.